Friday, May 13, 2011

Storytelling Workshops - First Workshop

There's More than One Way to Spin a Tale
Part One

What an inspiration our fabulous volunteer storytellers are!

Invitations went out
RSVP's were collected
Books were pulled for display
Snacks were prepared (Fruit, Cookies and fresh Lemon water)
Program was printed
Nametags prepared
Display put up

And we are ready to go

The following are a few video selections of our storytellers showing the the rest of us a little of what they do in story or laptime for variety, because, as we all know - there is more than one way to tell a tale!

First, Louisa got everyone up and rocking to a different beat  . . .
Any little kiddie piano that has a few different beat rhythms will do. Just start the music and get your groove on. A microphone for amplification is helpful.

Tell a familiar tale in tandem with another teller and some home-made puppets . . .
Cindy and Kathy write puppet shows in rhyme and can often be found performing in the Puppet Show are of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival as well as at the Orem Library.

Adapt a full-length production into a 10 to 15 minute storytime fit for the three and four-year-old in all of us . . .
Brenda, a former teacher, used to do the entire opera for her school. Now she's uses that expertise for the library's littlest patrons. Buy the book and music at

Know another language? Have another talent? Mix the two . . .
Barbara is one of our longtime bilingual (Spanish/English) storytellers, and hey, she can play the accordian!! Oh, and another good sign for a storyteller, if kids start popping into the storywing --and staying-- you know you've got them. You can hear that this is exactly what started happening in this clip.

Want to really have some fun? Grab those puppets again, a favorite book and practice using voices . . .
Mary has great fun with character voices! She did say that for an actual storytime she would have the book memorized. It's not very easy to turn pages whilst handling puppets ;)

Time for a confession - I messed up. There are 2 more videos that have, well, some issues.

I love them though! If you are up to, it - - go ahead, click on through and see some more . . .

These 2 videos were accidentally shot SIDEWAYS! 
YouTube now lets you edit your videos, you can now watch without getting a crick in your neck ;)

If you have an ipad, just set it down and view it from the right angle. If you have a laptop, stand it on it's end. Sorry all you desktop users, maybe you can lay down for this one, or do some yoga . . .

ToriAnn's White sheep and Black sheep sock puppets are the best!
A true teller  is that someone who can wing it and make people laugh in spite of any 'mistakes'! The mistakes often become my favorite parts. 

Play against expectations! Do the unexpected. Have fun with the kids :)
Mary (and Cheryl the Moon- use a real kid for a storytime) are doing more than having fun, they are teaching some key concepts too!

I want to thank all our wonderful volunteers that spend countless hours preparing for storytime and laptime - and then, to top it all off, we ask them to come perform for ADULTS--other storytellers no less--AND video them!! Our volunteer storytellers truly are the best and we couldn't even begin to do what we do without them.

And that's all until tomorrow!

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